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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Kithra's Illusion of Reality


I hope this doesn’t go up twice, but I wasn’t sure that the Blogger Schedule was working so I posted it manually:

RICHARD FREEMAN COMMENTS ON AN ALLEGED GIANT PYTHON FROM BORNEO

http://billschannel.com/?p=36 


  • The snake being held up by the digger is a reticulated python. 
  • The forced perspective makes it look big. I suspect it is 5-7 metres rather than 18. 
  • 18 metres is sixty feet not fifty. 
  •  The specimen being cut open does not look anything like sixty feet from the width of its belly although that does look like a human inside. 
  • Reticulated pythons do eat people from time to time.

TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND-UP

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.



http://mysterycats.blogspot.com/2013/01/newslink-drop-in-big-cat-reports-to.html

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all .....

CFZ PEOPLE: Dale Drinnon

Happy Birthday Dale

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

And so 2013 dawns sunny and bright. The garden is still waterlogged, but hopefully it is going to dry out in the fullness of time. My winter break ends tomorrow, so if you have been expecting emails or anything else from me, they will probably be happening then. Today, for the last time until the next time, I will do as little as possible.
The third and final part of our interview with Corky Laing
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/corky-laing-ongoing-saga-of-drummer.html
Today's Track of the Day is from the irrepressable Martin Stephenson
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-gonzo-track-of-day-home-from-dvd.html
According to the latest archaeological news Nine Henrys have been spotted in cave paintings
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-daily-henry-prehistoric-henry.html
It is way off topic, but I am very fond of the output of the seminal anarchopunk band Crass
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/12/link-crass-love-songs-totally-off-topic.html
Every boy and quite a few girls of my generation will be wanting to say goodbye to Gerry Anderson
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/12/those-we-have-lost-gerry-anderson-1929.html
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today




Happy new year! Here's some trivia to really impress your friends with so they'll think you're almost as clever, and dare I say brave, as me:

On this day in 1985 the first mobile phone call in the UK was made, it was from Ernie Wise (one half of over-rated double act Morecambe and Wise) to Vodaphone.

And now the news:


Ernie Wise trying his hardest to be funny: